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A surprising increase in big rig accidents

Connecticut residents may be interested in federal data showing that in 44 states, there was an increase in big rig truck crash deaths between 2009 and 2017. This means that only six states saw a decrease in accidents of this type.

Between 2009 and 2017, more than 35,880 people died in accidents involving large trucks. Some believe that many of the deaths could have been avoided if technology designed to limit speeding or employ emergency braking had been required by law. By way of comparison, according to statistics for the period between 2009 and 2016, the number of miles that truck drivers were on the road decreased when compared to previous figures. This gives extra weight to the increase that was seen in large truck accidents during the same time.

The statistics show that not all states have the same level of increase in big truck accidents or fatalities. Florida, Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania and California had the highest truck crash fatalities during 2017. Between 2009 and 2017, the greatest increases in truck crash fatalities were seen in states like Nevada, Washington, Colorado, Idaho and Texas.

Researchers point out that the states with higher truck fatalities are often those that allow big rig trucks to travel 70 mph or more on the freeways. This is understandable, especially since a big rig truck can weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds. A big rig traveling at 70 miles an hour that's fully loaded is not going to be able to stop as quickly during an emergency as the smaller vehicles that they share the road with.

Truck collisions can cause significant harm to occupants of other vehicles. People who have been injured in a truck accident caused by a negligent big rig driver might want to have the help of an attorney when seeking compensation for their losses.

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